And so it begins. Actually, it’s already begun. Indeed, it’s been going on for weeks. The ‘it’ is Christmas and, sadly, today’s ‘Black Friday’ shopping extravaganza seems to be the highlight of the season for millions. Of course it’s wonderful to give gifts and smart to save money. But how many people put as much of their time and energy into preparing for the mystery of Jesus’ birth as they do buying stuff? That’s a tough question. In fact, it may be a tough question for you. If so, you have the opportunity to experience more than Black Friday. Not so much by stopping what you’re already doing. But by making a commitment right now to start getting your heart, mind and life ready to celebrate the miracle that is Christmas – how God became fully human to share the fullness of God’s real love in real life with real people.